Dr. Gerald Thompson
Dr. Gerald Thompson
Emeritus Professor Science

1900 West 7th  Street - CMB 445

Plainview, Texas 79072

(806) 291-1120     Fax: (806) 291-1957

Office: MSB 222

E-mail: geraldt@wbu.edu

Dr. Thompson joined the faculty in the School of Mathematics and Sciences in 1967. After logging more than 40 years of service to the university he retired in May 2008. Dr. Thompson was a science professor at Wayland Baptist University. Dr. Thompson has a B.S (1956); M.S. (1967) and Ph.D. (1986) from Texas Tech University. His major interest include plant ecology and plant physiology. Dr. Thompson taught introductory Biology courses and upper level courses in Ecology, Plant Anatomy an Physiology, Plant Taxonomy, and Microbiology.

Thompson began his teaching career as a Vocational Ag instructor and FFA advisor in Dora, N.M. in 1956 and after serving for a year in the U.S. Army, he taught science at Pep School. He taught science at Cotton Center High School and was a teaching assistant in botany at Texas Tech. He taught science at Petersburg High School from 1962-67 prior to joining the Wayland faculty.

He was named Outstanding Teacher at Petersburg in 1966. His pastor, the Rev. Russell Pogue, was a member of the Wayland Board of Trustees and encouraged him to apply for a teaching position at the college.

Thompson also has taught introductory biology at Wayland’s campus in Kenya for three summers. He received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award from the Wayland Association of Former Students in 1988.

Thompson has received several teaching and research fellowships though the years. Through the Eisenhower Grants Program at Wayland, he wrote course content for grant proposals and taught graduate biology courses for ASSIST and ASSET from 1986-2000. He has had a number of scholarly publications and has read papers for professional organizations.

He and his wife, Marilyn, longtime telephone service manager for Wayland, have three sons – Stephen of Southlake, John Mark of Dallas and Paul of New York City ­­– and four grandchildren. He is a deacon and former Sunday school teacher at College Heights Baptist Church.

Family and friends endowed a scholarship in honor of Dr. Thompson.

“Teaching at Wayland has been a great experience and I am blessed to have done something I have loved for so long,” he said.